On July 25th, 2019, Washingtonian held its inaugural BBQ & Brew, presented by PepsiCo, at the Transit Pier at the Wharf. Over 350 guests enjoyed a variety of grilled dishes from 12 of the area’s best restaurants, and were invited to vote for their favorite dish and restaurant using custom PepsiCo branded wooden nickels. Attendees sipped on signature cocktails courtesy of Bulleit Bourbon and a variety of beers from Pacifico. PepsiCo provided LIFEWTR and Bubly sparkling water stations where guests could sample drinks alongside a wide selection of PepsiCo drinks and snacks. Electric Events supplied furniture for the PepsiCo lounge where guests enjoyed their food and learned more about PepsiCo’s newest sustainability efforts. A photo booth provided by Booth-o-Rama allowed guests to take photos and gifs decorated with the PepsiCo logo. Mixing Maryland DJs kept the event going with a great soundtrack.
At the end of the evening, PepsiCo’s Senior Director of Government & External Affairs Kenny Thompson awarded the People’s Choice Award to Kaliwa. Washingtonian food editors Anna Spiegel and Jessica Sidman awarded the Critics’ Choice Award to Taco Bamba.
Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible: PepsiCo, Bulleit Bourbon, and Pacifico.